August at Stimpunks: Our Blogging, Our Reading, Our Giving

Our Blogging After taking a blogging break for the first two weeks of August, we came back primed with fresh reading and new perspectives on previous reading. Unlearning Deficit Ideology and the Scornful Gaze Spiky Profiles, Peripheral Minds, and Evolutionary History Disability Dongles: Designing for the Individual, Not the Collective Kinetic Cognitive Style Peer RespiteContinue reading “August at Stimpunks: Our Blogging, Our Reading, Our Giving”

Unlearning Deficit Ideology and the Scornful Gaze

Briefly, deficit ideology is a worldview that explains and justifies outcome inequalities- standardized test scores or levels of educational attainment, for example-by pointing to supposed deficiencies within disenfranchised individuals and communities (Brandon, 2003; Valencia, 1997a; Weiner, 2003; Yosso, 2005). Simultaneously, and of equal importance, deficit ideology discounts sociopolitical context, such as the systemic conditions (racism,Continue reading “Unlearning Deficit Ideology and the Scornful Gaze”

Spiky Profiles, Peripheral Minds, and Evolutionary History

In that same interview, when he was asked about what would happen to society if autism was eliminated, he said, “That goes to the larger issue that we wrestle with all the time around [artificial intelligence]. Part of what makes us human are [sic] the kinks. They’re the mutations, the outliers, the flaws that createContinue reading “Spiky Profiles, Peripheral Minds, and Evolutionary History”

Disability Dongles: Designing for the Individual, Not the Collective

“I feel like solutions to inaccessibility are often rooted in whiteness, because anyone who doesn’t think about it would think it’s cool but the reality is that they’ve created accessibility for the individual, not the collective and reinforces the class hierarchy because the wealthy would be the only ones with complete accessibility.” Source: Imani BarbarinContinue reading “Disability Dongles: Designing for the Individual, Not the Collective”

Kinetic Cognitive Style

I’m not a fan of the “ADHD” label because it stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” and the terms “deficit” and “disorder” absolutely reek of the pathology paradigm. I’ve frequently suggested replacing it with the term Kinetic Cognitive Style, or KCS; whether that particular suggestion ever catches on or not, I certainly hope that theContinue reading “Kinetic Cognitive Style”

Peer Respite

A peer-run respite center is a non-clinical, completely voluntary service operated by people with their own stories of mental health recovery, trauma, hospitalization, incarceration, substance use, homelessness or some combination of these. “When you’re in a psych hospital, they take everything — down to your shoelaces — for your protection. Then they slap a diagnosisContinue reading “Peer Respite”

Emotion Matters in Alt Text: Text Descriptions and Emotion Rich Images

The relevant parts of an image aren’t limited to the cold hard facts. Images can make you feel a particular way, and that’s something that should be made available to a screen reader user. “Emotion matters” really changed how I think about writing alt text. Léonie wrote a longer article on the idea, which IContinue reading “Emotion Matters in Alt Text: Text Descriptions and Emotion Rich Images”

Inclusion Through Options: There is no one size fits all when it comes to accessibility.

While you can read an in-detail breakdown of all accessibility settings in the game, what The Last of Us 2 creators did extremely well was not succumbing to the idea of ‘accessibility modes’. “‘We want to be able to dig into the menus, fine-tune things, adjust things, really get into the nitty-gritty of what theseContinue reading “Inclusion Through Options: There is no one size fits all when it comes to accessibility.”

Mind Is an Embodied Phenomenon: Neurodiversity Is About Bodyminds, Not Just Brains

Neurodiversity, simply put, is the diversity among human minds. For 15 years or so after the term was coined, it was common for people to speak of neurodiversity as ‘‘diversity among brains.’’ There still are plenty of people who talk about it that way. I think this is a mistake; it’’s an overly reductionist andContinue reading “Mind Is an Embodied Phenomenon: Neurodiversity Is About Bodyminds, Not Just Brains”

Rejecting the Good Cripple Mythos: This is why we need cripple punk.

The post attracted a flood of hate mail, saying that disability isn’t something to be proud of, that disabled people shouldn’t smoke, or that a movement that “leaves out healthy people” isn’t punk. Trewhella took screenshots of the messages and added them to the post, writing, “This is why we need cripple punk.” Other peopleContinue reading “Rejecting the Good Cripple Mythos: This is why we need cripple punk.”